Dr Adam McCarty is an Australian economist living and working in Hanoi, Vietnam. He first visited Vietnam in 1990 while he was a doctoral student at the Australian National University, Canberra. His doctoral thesis was An evaluation of the impact of economic reforms 1986–1991 on Hanoi City, Vietnam.

Before Vietnam, Dr McCarty worked as speech writer to Sir Julius Chan (Deputy Prime Minister) in Papua New Guinea and in the Victorian Public Service, Australia. He graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1984 (B.Comm Hons.)

Dr McCarty has been working as an economist in Vietnam since 1992. He has worked for most Official Development Assistance (ODA) donors on many topics, including labour market reform, state enterprise reform, microfinance, sectoral studies and on trade policy and trade disputes (including anti-dumping, non-market economy issue). During 1997-1999, Dr McCarty was employed as a lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS; University of London) to run a project in Vietnam, and subsequently (1999-2002) by the Institute for Social Studies (ISS) in the Netherlands as advisor responsible for developing a Masters in Development Economics program at the National Economics University, Hanoi - www.mde.edu.vn.

In 2000, Dr McCarty and his Vietnamese wife, Nguyen thi Ngoc Hien, established Mekong Economics Ltd. He remains Chief Economist at Mekong Economics, www.mekongeconomics.com, where he manages a staff of thirty people to identify, tender for, win and implement ODA projects in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Timor-Leste. Recent consulting work has involved project and impact evaluations, household and enterprise surveys, rural development, monitoring and evaluation and research in “new aid modalities”. Mekong Economics also undertakes commercial research assignments.

Dr McCarty was Vice-Chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce, 2002-2005. His publications include several edited books and book chapters about Vietnam, as well as many research reports.